'Get Smart' Director Peter Segal to Build 'The Machine' with Vin Diesel
Last year, we wrote about how Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel was planning to take a road trip back into the realm of action comedy with a movie called The Machine. Diesel will star as the titular secret government weapon who is discovered and befriended by a little boy 20 years after the project has been shut down, and now Variety reports the project has found a director. Get Smart helmer Peter Segal will take the reins, which seems like a good fit for the family-friendly tone they're aiming for here. Sounds like Brad Bird's The Iron Giant to me, in which Diesel voiced an indestructible robot also befriended by a young boy.
The screenplay was written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, the minds behind Night at the Museum and Action No. 1, the awesome-sounding story of comic book theft based on Nicolas Cage's real life. Segal hasn't directed anything since 2008's Get Smart, but apparently a Get Smart 2 is still in the works (why?), and he seems like as good a director as any to direct yet another Vin Diesel family action comedy. I'm really hoping The Machine leans more toward The Iron Giant (which I talked about recently on my podcast) and less toward The Pacifier, but we may have to wait a long time for this one since Segal has at least two other movies that look to be going ahead before this one.